Welcome to Swim It
Swim a virtual challenge this October at your pace, and help people living with cancer.
Pick your distance, choose your pool and amaze yourself at how much you can achieve for a great cause. We’ll help keep you motivated as you go, so that even though you’re doing it on your own, you’ll still feel part of the team.
So, whether you swim one mile, seven miles, 22 miles or your own distance, whether you do it in a day, a week or a month, whether you do it in breaststroke, crawl or backstroke, we’ll keep you on track for achieving your goal.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some popular questions we get asked. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to contact us on 0300 1000 200.
It would be great if we all start swimming in our own different pools in October. But it’s fine to complete this challenge in your own time at your own pace.
Yes. You can complete the swim wherever works for you, and you can mix it up. Just remember though, when you sign up, you pick a specific length of a specific pool, so you may have to approximate if you swim in another pool.
You’ll be sent a pack full of useful information and a specially designed swimming cap.
Everyone taking part needs to sign up individually, but it’s fine to do the swim and fundraise with others.
The beauty of this event is that you’ll get stronger as you go, but there’s no need for extra training. You’ll be doing it at your own pace, in your own time. There are different distances to choose from so you can find a challenge that suits. If you have any concerns about your health or fitness please speak to your Doctor first.
It’s so motivating to see how far you’ve gone. Not just for you, your supporters can also follow your progress and cheer you on. That’s why we’ve made it extra easy to track your distance through your fundraising page by manually adding your lengths. This is how:
- Log in to your fundraising page using your Just Giving sign in details at swimit.macmillan.org.uk
- Below the My account box, you’ll see Log Lengths. Click on this.
- Either using the text box or the + and – buttons you can add the number of length completed in that session.
- Click save changes and this will update your page and tell you how far you have swum in total.
The best way to pay in your cash donations is to make a payment from your debit/credit card to your own JustGiving page, but you won’t be able to claim Gift Aid on them. Or you can use the paying-in slip in your fundraising pack.
When setting up your Just Giving page you will have chosen a password - don’t worry if you've forgotten it!
You can check your emails from Just Giving to retrieve your login details, or head to the Just Giving Help & Support page for help logging into your account.
Yes, absolutely. The beauty of a JustGiving page is that you can accept donations from friends and family all over the world.
Gift Aid is a great opportunity for donors to make their voluntary donations to Macmillan worth 25% more – without spending an extra penny. It enables charities like us to claim the basic tax that donors have paid on their donations back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
If every supporter agreed to Gift Aid it would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds more to support people affected by cancer.
To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation you must be a UK taxpayer and you must have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on my gifts for the current tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. The charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you have given.
JustGiving's (JG) top priority is to ensure that transaction and supporter data is kept secure at all times.
That’s why JustGiving maintains the highest possible standards of data security. It’s why we’ve implemented key international standards of best practice in online and data security, including:
- Verified by Visa (VbV)
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
We take an active role in the overall reduction of identity theft and fraud on the internet by ensuring the security of our IT systems, personnel and infrastructure.
Our employees are trained in all aspects of web application security, including infrastructure vulnerabilities, cross-site scripting, secure data storage, and using the software development lifecycle to maintain and improve security.
JG has been certified PCI compliant by Trustwave, an official Visa Qualified Security Assessor. This means our systems and services comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and that we actively protect our customers' identities, personal information and financial details.